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Landscape & Garden Design

Earn a certificate in Landscape & Garden Design and learn to apply basic techniques for designing aesthetically pleasing, environmentally responsible landscapes.

Landscape Graphics

Dates: Thursday, Jan. 15, 22 and 29; Feb. 5, 12 and 19 (Snow date: Feb. 26)
Time: 7 - 9 p.m.
Instructor: Michele McCann
Objective: To be able to use basic freehand and drafting techniques for producing legible landscape drawings
Level: N/A
Prerequisites: None. This class is the prerequisite to Landscape Design I-IV.
Fee: $ 198 members; $222 non-members
Location: Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

In the field, designers rely on graphics to develop and communicate ideas. Working with pencil, students will practice freehand and mechanical drawing techniques while learning about lettering, sheet layout, title blocks, concept drawing, presentation plan graphics and colored renderings.

This class is now filled. Please call 412/441-4442 ext. 3925 or e-mail with questions, or to be placed on the waiting list.

Landscape and Garden Design Certificate core course; PCH 12.0 | LA CES 12.0

Tree and Shrub Maintenance

Dates: Tuesday, Feb. 24; March 3, 10, 17 and 24 (Snow date: March 31) | Field day: Saturday, March 14 (Snow date: Sunday, March 15)
Time: Class: 7 - 9 p.m. | Field day: 1 - 3 p.m.
Instructor: Walter Jarosh
Objective: To understand the basics of woody plant care and to use this knowledge to ensure proper selection and maintenance of trees and shrubs personally or by professionals
Level: N/A
Prerequisites: None
Fee: $ 132 members; $156 non-members
Location: Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Proper tree care requires assessment of the entire tree system from roots to shoots. This course will provide an introduction to the basics of arboriculture. Topics to be covered include tree biology, plant selection, site preparation, planting, pruning, fertilization, and diagnosis and control of insect and disease problems. The class will include a hands-on field session in Mellon Park.

Sign up online or call 412/441-4442 ext. 3925 to register. Call or e-mail with questions.

Sustainable Horticulture, Landscape and Garden Design, and Native Plant Landscapes Certificate elective; PCH 12.0 | LA CES 12.0

Winter Tree I.D.

Dates: Sunday, March 1 (Snow date: March 8)
Time: 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Instructor: Walter Jarosh
Objective: To be able to identify trees without their leaves
Level: N/A
Prerequisites: None
Fee: $ 44 members; $52 non-members
Location: Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Identifying trees in the winter poses special challenges. Students in this course will discover differences and clues in the shapes of trees, bark, twigs and buds. The class will take place both outdoors and in the classroom, and will cover both field identification and how to work samples and a key. Participants should dress warmly and, if they are able, bring a 10x hand lens or magnifying glass.

Sign up online or call 412/441-4442 ext. 3925 to register. Call or e-mail with questions.

Sustainable Horticulture, Landscape and Garden Design, and Native Plant Landscapes Certificate elective; PCH 4.0 | LA CES 4.0

Landscape Design IV

Dates: Thursday, March 26; April 2, 9, 16 and 23; May 7
Time: 7 - 9:30 p.m.
Instructor: Michele McCann
Objective: To be able to create a landscape design incorporating skills and processes learned in the Landscape and Garden Design Certificate program and related elective courses
Level: N/A
Prerequisites: Landscape Graphics, Landscape Design I, II, and III
Fee: $ 245 members; $275 non-members
Location: Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

The culmination of the core part of the Landscape and Garden Design Certificate, this project-based course requires students to develop a final landscape design and planting plan. Class size is limited.

Sign up online or call 412/441-4442 ext. 3925 to register. Call or e-mail with questions.

Landscape and Garden Design Certificate core course; PCH 15.0 | LA CES 15.0